posted on Feb, 2 2013 @ 05:49 PM
On Thursday, I have the opportunity to put my school's inept administration directly in the limelight of the local and state department of education.
I have come to believe this is a step that needs to happen in order for the school to improve. However, it is quite likely that by doing this, I will
jeopardize my own career. I'm torn, ATS.
I don't want to go into details, mainly because I doubt anyone here would be interested. But my school's administration is beyond inept, and the
students and teachers are suffering for it.
I've fought the dumber policies quite vocally for some time now. I already feel targeted by the administration, although I'm very careful to stay
on this side of insubordination. I do have tenure, for what it's worth.
This past Friday, the entire administration left the school to have lunch and attend a meeting. So when school finished, we teachers got to
talking....and discovered the stupidity and power trips were effecting every grade level. And the ones most affected are the students. These policies
and inaction are hurting their learning environment and giving them a rocky foundation in learning.
We teachers have tried to mention this to the administration, but they will not listen. Instead, they blame the teachers for all the problems in our
school. They are in a position where they could truly help things for the better; instead, they seem more concerned about making sure all the mud
slides off their backs and onto others. They are very good at doing this.
Thursday is the school improvement meeting. I've written a letter detailing every problem and lack of response. It names names. Everything in the
letter is validated with documentation, including emails and paperwork.
So here's my choice. I can take this to the SIT meeting, have it read into the formal minutes, and quite likely end my career. Or I can send it
anonymously to the school board and superintendent, but that may or may not have an impact (since if I do it anonymously I cannot provide
My teacher's union rep advises me to try the anonymous route first. The problem? It could take years to address the issues. But I would be safe, so
And in the meantime, these children receive a substandard education and potentially great teachers lose all passion for their job.
Or I can present it Thursday, which will bring it to a head immediately. I'm sure there would be retaliation, but not sure from where. At the least,
it could blacken my name within the school system. However, there are no grounds for dismissal, so in the event I was dismissed from my job I could
But I don't want to do any of this. I just want to teach my children, make learning fun and meaningful.
I'm torn, ATS. Someone needs to put a stop to this nonsense. I'll do it if I have to. But I was hoping the collective mind of ATS might come up
with another idea.